Union Station Restaurant & Bar in Harrisonburg, Virginia is located in Downtown Harrisonburg on the corner of West Market and South Liberty Street. Locals know it as the old Wetsel building.
This was my first visit to Union Station Restaurant. I was invited to attend a small retirement dinner. When I first arrived at Union Station, I was impressed with the cleanliness and good hospitality. When I joined the dinner, I was surprised at how tight the space was. There were about twenty-four guests and we were packed pretty tight. Nonetheless, we took it in stride.
Two waitresses attended to us. We all chatted and placed our orders for food and drink. We had to wait a little longer than usually for wine, beer, and water refills. However, no one mumbled about the service until we had to wait an hour for the food. One couple had to leave because they had to attend another social event that night. They left hungry and hoped they could grab a late bite at their next stop.
While making my way around the room, I stopped someone I knew and greeted him. He said, “I’m going to the bar to see if they have any salted peanuts or something like that. If they do I’ll bring back a bowl.” Needless to say the natives were getting restless.
Finally, the food arrived. I got the fish and chips, which was $8.00. It was recommended to me by one of the waitresses. It wasn’t what I expected. Being hot from the grill the dish was delicious. However, it cooled off a little and the food had a real greasy taste.
One lady across from me had Cajun Nachos, which was $9.00 and worth every penny. Union Station did not skimp on her dish. She commented on how good it was. However, she had to ask for sour cream three times.
Another woman across the table had the salmon. It looked very appetizing. The woman sitting at the end of the table, had a nice juicy steak, but she commented that the mushrooms on top of it were cold.
Now, lets talk about the price. Union Station is little expensive, but there are more expensive restaurants in Harrisonburg, so it’s not extreme for the area. I must say I didn’t like paying $6.00 for a half full glass of wine. Not trying to be a lush, just want my money’s worth.
The owners of Union Station Restaurant & Bar did a wonderful job of remodeling the historic building. The ambiance is clean cut and tasteful. Every booth has photographs and literature on a historical building that is or was in Downtown Harrisonburg.
Would I eat at Union Station Restaurant again? Would I recommend it to anyone else? I have to be honest. I don’t know. I’m torn between the cleanliness of the restaurant, the hit and miss with the food, the great parking, and the slow service. I’ve read reviews about Union Station on Google and Trip Advisor and the majority of them were positive. I guess the retirement dinner was held on a bad night. Yet there weren’t a lot of customers in the other dinning area, so it’s hard to give them an excuse for the slow service. Perhaps they need to hire more cooks and waitresses. All I know is that I will think long and hard before patronizing Union Station Restaurant & Bar again.